The topsail schooner Shenandoah
|Owner:||The Black Dog Tall Ships|
|Operator:||Captain Robert S. Douglas|
|Builder:||Harvey F. Gamage Ship Building Co|
|Sail plan:||Square Topsail Schooner|
The Shenandoah is a 108-foot (33 m) square topsail schooner built in Maine in 1964. Operating as a cruise ship and educational vessel in the waters of Vineyard Haven Harbor, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, she is claimed to be the only schooner of her size and topsail rig without an engine within the world.
The Shenandoah's design is based on an 1850s ship Joe Lane, but Captain Douglas made numerous changes in order to improve the power of the vessel. Douglas has been the vessel's only skipper since her launch in 1964.
The Shenandoah required extensive hull repairs and was dry docked in 2009.
Type: Square Topsail Schooner
Designed by: Captain Robert S. Douglas
Built by: Harvey F. Gamage Ship Building Co.
Length: 154 feet (47 m) from jib boom to main boom end
Sails: 7,000 square feet (700 m2) of canvas
Topmast height: 94 feet (29 m)
Displacement: 170 tons (173 t)
Hull: made of Maine oak
Deck: made of pine
Lower masts: 20 inches diameter, 2.5 tons each
Maximum speed: 12.5 knots (23 km/h)
Maximum capacity: 30 passengers overnight